With 5 wins by knockout and one other by unanimous choice, Cuban boxers made a triumphant comeback of their nation’s first skilled contest in six a long time in Mexico.
Six members of Cuba’s “Los Domadores” nationwide workforce simply overcame their opponents, 5 Mexicans and one Colombian, on the Friday evening gala within the central metropolis of Aguascalientes.
The competition will go down in historical past “not just for Cuban boxing but additionally skilled boxing, with six Cubans getting into by the entrance door,” stated workforce captain Julio Cesar La Cruz, 32.
The 2-time Olympic champion received by knockout one minute and 40 seconds into the second spherical towards Colombian Deivis Casseres.
Cuba has lengthy been a powerhouse of Olympic boxing, however participation in skilled sport was barred by the late revolutionary chief Fidel Castro in 1962.
After a long time of defections by boxers who fled abroad to pursue salaried careers, the communist nation’s authorities in April lastly opened up participation in skilled boxing competitions.
The Cuban Boxing Federation stated earlier than Friday’s contest that the fighters can be allowed to maintain 80 per cent of the wage owed to them for every struggle.
4 Olympic medalists made their skilled debuts in Mexico, together with three-time world champion Lazaro Alvarez, together with two-time Olympic champions Roniel Iglesias and Arlen Lopez.
Lopez knocked out Mexico’s Fernando Galvan only one minute and 34 seconds into the primary spherical.
“We wish to present the prime quality of Cuban boxing and that we will go far in skilled boxing,” he stated afterwards.
The Cuban squad was rounded out by world champion Yoenlis Hernandez and tremendous featherweight Osvel Caballero.
All of the Cubans received by knockout apart from Alvarez, who beat his Mexican competitor Francisco Mercado by unanimous choice.